A warm summer day, a cold drink and a good book: do I need to say any more? If you’re still compiling your summer holiday reading list, make sure to add these amazing titles:
A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson
This YA mystery/thriller follows Pippa Fitz-Amobi, an A-grade student from the small town of Little Kilton. For her senior project, Pip chooses to look into the murder of Andie Bell, a girl who went missing from the same local community 5 years ago. The case is already closed: Although Andie’s body has never been found, the police have taken for granted that Sal Singh killed his beautiful girlfriend and then committed suicide. But Pippa isn’t quite so sure. As she begins to delve deeper into the details of the murder, she finds gaps in the narrative and comes closer to finding the actual killer of Andie Bell.
I can’t get enough of Holly Jackson’s writing! This novel’s got everything a good story needs: fantastic storytelling, the right pacing, memorable characters, and a gripping plot with unexpected twists and turns. If you’ve finished this one, make sure to grab a copy of the sequel Good Girl, Bad Blood next.
The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
This historical fiction/ romance/ mystery novel has been all over Instagram! It centres around Hollywood legend Evelyn Hugo, who chooses Monique Grant, an unknown reporter, to write her biography. Invited to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in awe as the starlet recounts her fascinating life story: from her way to Hollywood, her rise to fame, and, of course, her seven marriages. She is let in on stunning secrets, ruthless lies and sad truths. But through it all one question remains: Why has she chosen Monique for her final confession?
This one definitely lived up to the hype for me. To say that the story is gripping is an understatement. This is the sort of book you don’t want to put down. Evelyn’s life story is brave, heartbreaking and shocking, with lots of unexpected twists and turns. I had a hunch why she chose Monique, but in retrospect, I was on the wrong track all along. The ending left me open-mouthed, but it somehow felt right. Overall, a really enjoyable, thought-provoking and complex read.
Burning Questions by Margaret Atwood
Burning Questions is Atwood’s third collection of essays and occasional pieces, spanning the years 2004 to 2021. The collection includes speeches, essays and reviews on multiple topics, including the arts, environmentalism, feminism, renowned authors and literature, and her own life.
Burning Questions proves yet again that Margaret Atwood is one of the most brilliant minds of our times. Her wit and intelligence run through the book, making it a thought-provoking read. My favourite parts were her speeches and reflections on her own work, which I found fascinating to read. All in all, I highly recommend Burning Questions to all who are intrigued by Atwood’s fiction and her take on the pressing issues of our times!
Have you read any of these books? What books do you recommend? Let me know in the comment section below!